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Chapel Hill High Hosts Vietnamese Educators

The National Humanities Center, based in RTP, did not have to look far when searching for a top tier social studies teacher to join their group of educators for a joint venture with the University of Vietnam.

Chapel Hill High School social studies teacher, Bill Melaga, has joined the National Humanities Center and their partnership with the University of Vietnam based in Hanoi. Due to the strengthened U.S.-Vietnam relationship, and the relaxation of some regulations, the Vietnamese government has been looking for ways to revamp and upgrade their education system - and thanks to their connections with the National Humanities Center, learning from U.S. teachers has become a reality.

Mr. Melega, who teachers 9th grade World History, AP World History and Great American Conflicts on the Civil War, WWI, and WWII at Chapel Hill high has been working with a team of teachers from the University of Vietnam for the past few weeks sharing instructional content, methodology and techniques.

This past Tuesday, the team of eight Vietnamese teachers toured Chapel Hill High and meet with Superintendent Pam Baldwin.

“We are grateful for Mr. Melega and Chapel Hill High, and for their willingness to showcase their school and share ideas with our international visitors,” said Dr. Baldwin. “We look forward to continuing the conversation and building upon what was learned.”

In December, Melega and the U.S. teaching team will visit Hanoi to spend time in the classrooms modeling best practices, and observing and giving feedback to Vietnamese teachers. Their visit will culminate in an educational broadcast from the University of Vietnam to Chapel Hill High School.

Summing up the program, Mr. Melega said, “These  educational exchanges are the first steps to developing a cultural bridge. By sharing our expertise and being involved in initiatives like this we keep Chapel Hill High on the cutting edge of educational growth and development.”